Soviet I-153 fighter found at the bottom of an unnamed lake near the Zapadnaya Litsa river
Fighter I-153 with the remains of the pilot discovered by the forces of the Northern fleet at the bottom of an unnamed lake near the Zapadnaya Litsa River. According to the press service of the fleet, work is currently underway to confirm the identity of the pilot.
According to the report, an I-153-62M fighter with the remains of a pilot, clothing and personal belongings was found by an expedition of the Northern Fleet at the bottom of an unnamed lake near the Zapadnaya Litsa River, where the front line was. Also, the elements of the cockpit, engine, radio station and onboard armament have been preserved. The plane, located at a depth of 15 meters, was raised, and 4 ShKAS machine guns and a TT pistol belonging to the pilot were delivered to the surface. The search was carried out using a deep-sea vehicle.
According to historians, the I-153 fighter with the number 7590 was part of the 2nd squadron of the 72nd mixed air regiment of the Northern Fleet Air Force, which defended the Soviet Arctic. The plane did not return from a combat mission on October 25, 1941.
The identity of the fighter pilot has been established, work is currently underway to confirm, the archive data is being checked. Further, the search for the relatives of the deceased pilot and the perpetuation of his memory will be carried out.
A special pennant with the emblem of the Northern Fleet was installed at the site of the aircraft's discovery as a sign of honoring the deceased Soviet pilot.
- Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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